FC Barcelona Rugby

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Barcelona
Full name Futbol Club Barcelona Rugby
Founded 1924
Location Barcelona, Spain
Ground(s) La Teixonera (Capacity: 500)
Chairman Josep Maria Bartomeu
Coach(es) Stacy Duvenage
Sergio Guerrero
League(s) División de Honor
2016–17 10th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.fcbrugby.com

Futbol Club Barcelona Rugby is a Spanish rugby union club. The senior team currently plays in División de Honor, the premier level of Spanish rugby union. Formed in 1924, the club is a member of the FC Barcelona family. The club currently plays its home games at La Teixonera.

Before the Spanish Civil War, the club won the championship of Spain on three occasions and the championship of Catalonia seven times. During the 1940s and 1950s FCB was one of the strongest rugby clubs in Spain, winning a further 10 Spanish championships. In 1953 and 1954 they won the first Spanish league titles.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

On September 21, 1924 made its official presentation the sport of the oval ball Barça, playing a friendly match in the field of San Baudilio de Llobregat, before the C.A.D.C.I., the Culé team was composed by the following players: Sabat , Cebrián, Blasco, Rossini, Duffo, Arruaga, Isart, Soler, Albaladas I, Villalonga, Albalalate II, Davalillo, Esteve, Ruiz and Fontanella. This inaugural meeting was attended by the then president and founder of the club, Mr. Joan Gamper, who was accompanied by his numerous executives. The match was won by F. C. Barcelona, with a score of 9 to 5, and was awarded the Cup donated by the manager Mr. Tusell, a person very identified with this sport.

As delegate of the section was included Francisco Baltasar Albèniz, position that was given to him by Joan Gamper who was a great admirer of the rugby and who saw in Baltasar a great Barcelona and a real pioneer of this sport in Spain. On the occasion of the Silver weddings of the club were disputed two international meetings, before the Stade Toulousain, champion of France in that season and the second was of exhibition between the quoted French ensemble and the M.S.P. of Perpignan. Both parties were played in Les Corts and, although the terrain had no grass, the French players gave great demonstrations.

Early years[edit]

In the 1925–26 season, Barcelona began a promotion in the positions of Hispanic rugby by achieving a wonderful "quince" formed by: Corominas (trainer), Blasco, Aximeno, Folch, Fuste, Carreras, Aguilar, Bori, Estapé, Fontanella, Pujalte, Rufus, Isar, Ruiz, Rues, Rossini, Baides and Miquel. Achieving the first championships in Catalonia and Spain, and chaining the highest national awards during the next five seasons.

Also in this season two international meetings were disputed: the first against Witte Devils of Perpignan, champion of the Rousillón of second category, which was defeated by 9 to 8 and being the first victory on a French team. The second, again against the Stade Toulousain, which had also conquered the championship of France and which overcame loosely the whole culé.

Rise to the top level[edit]

In 2005–06 season played in Primera Nacional, achieving the promotion to División de Honor through the purchase of USAP Barcelona's seat.[1][2]

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Daniel Marquez Serentill Hooker Spain Spain
Tim Vilaseca Hooker Spain Spain
Armando Esteller Prop Spain Spain
Jose Luis Nart Prop Spain Spain
Omar Miniño Prop Spain Spain
David Ochovo Prop Spain Spain
Eduard Castells Prop Spain Spain
Carles Escuder Lock Spain Spain
Teddy Barron Lock United States United States
Gorka Echeverria Aramburu Lock Spain Spain
Mehdi Ameur Lock France France
Tony Murciano Pages Lock Spain Spain
Federico Alcón Flanker Argentina Argentina
Alex Palomo Flanker Spain Spain
Marc Arrasanz Flanker Spain Spain
Sergio Guerrero Number 8 Spain Spain
Iván Fuertes Martinez Number 8 Spain Spain
Player Position Union
Delfin Cambiaso Scrum-half Argentina Argentina
Domenec Cornudella Scrum-half Spain Spain
Rafael Staat Fly-half France France
Mauro Pinto Ferrer Centre France France
Cristian Belda Centre Spain Spain
Joan Losada Centre Spain Spain
Jorge Ocampo Freitas Centre Paraguay Paraguay
Tomas Salvador M'caferty Centre Spain Spain
Pierre Thoreux Centre France France
Victor Marlet Centre Spain Spain
Alvaro Alcon Wing Spain Spain
Antonin Kurzmann Wing France France
Adrià Tort Wing Spain Spain
Bruno Posinio Wing Spain Spain
Felipe Martinez Costamagna Wing Argentina Argentina
Cristian Martin Rubia Fullback Spain Spain
Oriol Garcia Mateu Fullback Spain Spain

Past performances[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. Notes
1952–53 1 División de Honor 1st League champion
1953–54 1 División de Honor 1st League champion
1954–69 DNP
1969–70 1 División de Honor 2nd
1970–71 1 División de Honor 3rd
1971–72 1 División de Honor 8th
1972–73 1 División de Honor 6th
1973–74 1 División de Honor 9th
1974–75 1 División de Honor 10th
1975–76 2 Primera Nacional 2nd
1976–77 2 Primera Nacional 4th
1977–78 2 Primera Nacional 2nd
1978–79 1 División de Honor 4th
1979–80 1 División de Honor 4th
1980–81 1 División de Honor 4th
1981–82 1 División de Honor 3rd
1982–83 2 Primera Nacional 1st
1983–84 1 División de Honor 5th
1984–85 1 División de Honor 4th
1985–86 1 División de Honor 7th
1986–95 DNP
Season Tier Division Pos. Notes
1995–96 2 Primera Nacional 7th
1996–97 2 Primera Nacional 8th
1997–98 2 Primera Nacional 5th
1998–99 3 Primera Nacional 3rd
1999–00 3 Primera Nacional 4th
2000–01 3 Primera Nacional 4th
2001–02 3 Primera Nacional 7th
2002–03 3 Primera Nacional 5th
2003–04 3 Primera Nacional 4th
2004–05 3 Primera Nacional 4th
2005–06 3 Primera Nacional 3rd
2006–07 1 División de Honor 6th
2007–08 1 División de Honor 10th
2008–09 3 Primera Nacional 2nd
2009–10 2 División de Honor B 2nd
2010–11 2 División de Honor B 3rd
2011–12 2 División de Honor B 6th
2012–13 2 División de Honor B 4th
2013–14 2 División de Honor B 1st / 1st
2014–15 1 División de Honor 11th
2015–16 1 División de Honor 7th

Club honours[edit]

  • División de Honor: 2
    • 1952–53, 1953–54
  • Campionats d'Espanya: 16
    • 1926, 1930, 1932, 1942, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1965, 1983, 1985
  • Copa Ibèrica: 1
    • 1971
  • Supercopa de España: 1
    • 1983
  • Campionats de Catalunya de rugbi:
    • 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1936, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1968, 1969: 19
  • Copa de Catalunya de rugbi: 3
    • 1982, 2003, 2008
  • Lligues de Clubs de Llevant: 2
    • 1982, 1983
  • Copa Pirineus de rugbi: 1
    • 1967
  • Campionat d'Espanya juvenil: 1
    • 2003
  • Campionat de Catalunya pre-benjamí: 2
    • 2005, 2009
  • Copa Catalana juvenil: 1
    • 2003

Notable players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FC Barcelona acquires sports rights of USAP Barcelona El Mundo Deportivo, September 7, 2006
  2. ^ FC Barcelona–USAP Barcelona agreement El Mundo Deportivo, August 11, 2006

External links[edit]